Memory and Cognition Lab

People in the Lab

 

Dr. Thomas Toppino 
Dr. Toppino is the Director of the Memory and Cognition Lab.  He serves as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology and previously served as the Director of Villanova's Cognitive Science Program.

 

 

Amy Coyle
Amy is graduate student working on her Master's thesis.  Her work broadly addresses processes underlying the spacing effect and the testing effect. Amy got her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of PA.


 

Matt Pagano
Matt is a graduate student working on his Master's thesis.  His work has focused on spacing and testing effects and related issues in metacognition. Matt's undergraduate degree is from Lafayette College.

Nick Schaefer
Nick is a senior psychology major who has contributed to several projects in the lab.  In particular, he has been working on the effect of encoding processes on how learners choose to distribute practice.

Andrew Petsche
Andrew is a senior psychology major who has contributed to several projects in the lab, including experiments investigating the influence of the retention interval on the spacing effect. 
   

Recent Lab Alumni

  Shaun Baldwin -- Master's thesis was conducted on the same race effect.  U.G degree from Temple University.

Michael Cohen -- Master's thesis investigated metacognitive decisions related to the distribution of practice.  U.G. degree from Swarthmore College.  Went on to a Ph.D. program in cognitive psychology at UCLA.

Regina Coles -- Master's thesis examined the role of retrieval in the testing effect.  U.G. degree from
Richmond University. Now a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Neurology Department at Georgetown University.

Abby Costello -- Master's thesis investigated how the properties of feedback affect learning and retention.  U.G degree from Muhlenberg College.

Mike Gillen -- Master's thesis examined the role of adaptation processes in the perception of reversible figures.  U.G. degree from Rutgers.  Went on to a clinical Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University.
Amy Moors -- Master's thesis examined the the effect of spacing repetitions on category formation as a function of between-category discriminability.  U.G. degree from William Patterson University. Went on to a Ph.D. program in social psychology and gender studies at the University of Michigan.
Meghan Davis -- Graduated with an M.S. from Villanova in 2009.  Conducted research on metacognitive decisions in learning and the role of retrieval time in the testing effect.  U.G. degree from Lafayette College. Went on to a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Rutgers University. 
Kathleen Dempsey -- Graduated with a B.A. from Villanova in 2009. Research investigated the effect of spacing repetitions in children.  Went on to a Ph.D. program at Fordham University. 
Livia Fortunato -- Graduated with a B.A. from Villanova in 2009. Research investigated the roll of retrieval time in the testing effect.  Went on to an M.S. program in psychology at St. Joseph's University.
Matt Litke -- Master's thesis investigated the degree to which people understand that distributed practice is superior to massed practice.  U.G. degree from Penn State.
Patrick Fay -- Graduated with a B.A. from Villanova in 2011. Was involved in research investigating spacing and testing effects and related issues in metacognition.
 

Photos


Tom and Amy M. - Halloween 2007


Michael C. & Amy M. - APS in Chicago, 2008